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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4514 ..

In relation to the Federation Line, Canberra's Heritage Tourist Tramway:

(1) Have negotiations commenced to establish this attraction;

(2) If so, have the costs of the line, estimated at $15 million for construction, been considered for Government funding;

(3) If the reply to (2) is affirmative, would the Government consider a loan rather than a grant to the organisation, otherwise what tangible financial return does the ACT community have upon the investment.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No negotiations have been undertaken in relation to the Federation Line proposal.

Supporters of the Federation Line, and more recently the not-for-profit Federation Line Incorporated, have undertaken studies on the costs for developing the Line, and have explored options for funding it. The proposal's supporters have briefed the Government, and I am advised, previous Governments from the commencement of the proposal in 1999, of the outcome of these studies and the options that have been identified.

(2) The Government has not considered funding the costs of constructing the Line.

(3) Not applicable.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

(Question No 1024)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice on 21 October 2003:

(1) How many cases of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSP) have been identified in the ACT in (a) 2000 (b) 2001 (c) 2002 and (d) 2003 to date;

(2) How many children were involved and how many were taken into care in each of the above years;

(3) What arrangements are in place for natural parents to see such children in care and what is the average duration of a visit and how often on average per week;

(4) Following revelations in The Good Weekend dated 11-12 October 2003 discrediting MSP in several cases overseas, does the Minister intend seeking a review of each of the ACT cases listed at (1) above.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Cornwell's question:

(1) (a) Nil

(b) Nil

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